Background Story… For a musical benefit that was given July 14 2012 for Jack’s well-being(James-William Demeter, 8.30.08-7.30.12), the local elementary school had donated over 50 paintings for the cause. Because the progression of Jack’s tumor began suddenly in June 2012, there wasn’t suitable time to prepare and display the artwork at the musical benefit we’d planned. So, we had it in mind to create an art event that celebrated children’s art, especially, as our first event as an organization. Sadly, Jack died two weeks after the July concert. Upon conceiving of the concert, we did not foresee tumor progression occurring at that time. Though we were aware of DIPGs track-record, one is never fully prepared for its reality. Please see “About DIPG” for more information.
Our very first event was “Art for Jack, Celebrating Children’s Art” at the Agua Dulce Women’s Club in Agua Dulce, May 11 2013. It featured professional and student donations of art, free acrylic painting workshops for children, musical entertainment, magicians, and other family entertainment. Bob Kellar, Mayor of Santa Clarita, came to pay his respects for our cause in the community, for which we were extremely grateful. For a first event, we had fantastic volunteers from Vasquez H.S., the local cub scout and boy scout troops, students from Sierra Vista Jr. High, who all performed admirably. Many commented that they were looking foward to “the next one!” We were very grateful to have had the opportunity to raise awareness for DIPG in a way that was entertaining and endearing. Because of an article in the Daily News, the Mod Hatters of Acton decided to make their annual contribution to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles more specific: their contribution opened the DIPG research fund for us, as we had not to date raised enough funds to do so. Now, all of our net event proceeds, no matter the amount, can go directly to the fund. Daily News article: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_23211490/3-year-olds-death-from-rare-brain-tumor?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com
Art for Jack continues its art workshops for children this January, 2014 in Agua Dulce, near Santa Clarita, CA, one way we are continuing our commitment to supporting the arts and education for children in our local community.
“Art for Jack” Presents: ”The Art Club”, workshops with Heidi Vaughn, 6 week series workshops beginning the week of January 13, 2014! Location tentatively set for the Agua Dulce Elementary School, 11311 Frascati St. in Agua Dulce.
Free Introductory Workshop, Wednesday, December 11th at 4pm at the Agua Dulce Elementary School, has been cancelled due to a family emergency for Mrs. Vaughn. We will have more information about the art club by December 5.
We believe whole-heartedly in the power of art and music as a healing agent in our world. Child artists, student artists, and professional artists have all donated works to Jack’s Angels for Awareness, Support, and Research for DIPG. Some pieces are pre-framed, some are not. Our framing partner is “FastFrame Valencia” and they do fantastic work, so that if you would like your piece framed you will see examples below of what the finished product will look like if your piece of choice is not framed, and the cost. Galleries will be displayed as follows for your convenience:
Professional Art: Works from various artists; prints available in different sizes. Call J.A.F. 661-977-3125 for pricing on original works if you are interested in a piece. Prints from $15 donation and up, plus the cost of shipping; giclee canvas available as well.
Agua Dulce School: Spring 2012, the inspiration for ‘Art for Jack’, “Under the Sea” collection from grades K, 1, 5, Peggy Marrone, teacher. Framed originals, prints, $135 12×18(artwork), $95 9×12(artwork size). Prints from $15, 3 for $30, plus shipping.
Student artists submissions for ‘Art for Jack’ 5-11-13 from this high school in Acton, CA, special ‘Art for Jack’ and DIPG awareness project led by Paiz Carnewal, Art Teacher and Ty Devoe, Principal. For pricing on originals, framed or unframed, contact J.A.F. home office.
Paraclete H.S. Student artist volunteers for ‘Art for Jack’ 5-11-13 submitted works from this private school in Palmdale, CA.
Millikan H.S. Student artists submissions for ‘Art for Jack’ 5-11-13, special angel block-print project led by Roberta Patterson of Millikan H.S. Long Beach. Contact J.A.F. for pricing and availability of works, framed, unframed, prints.
Jack’s Young Artists: Child artist submissions for “Art for Jack” and from the event 5-11-13. Call J.A.F. for pricing and availability on originals, prints from $15 up, plus shipping. Get 3 for the donation amount for 2 on all prints!
We are accepting submissions of artworks for the galleries here, and for our next “Art for Jack” event Sunday, April 27, 2014. More information will be posted about this event in January 2014.
Millikan High School, Long Beach
“Jack’s Young Artists”–various Child Artists who felt inclined to give to our Cause; gallery coming soon!!